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Scholarship gives firefighters new ways to save lives

Don Axtman, son of Kay Hermann, posed with South Metro Fire Chief Mike Pott during a $25,000 donation to the department. (submitted photo)

Thanks to the family of former West St. Paul Firefighter Charlie Hermann, the South Metro Fire Department will have a better chance of saving lives from both fire and water.
Hermann, now deceased, served on the West St. Paul Fire Department from May 1953 to April 1977, but his legacy in the department will be remembered well into the future thanks to his $25,000 bequeathment.
According to Don Axtman, son of Charlie’s wife, Kay, Charlie was adamant the $25,000 donation should benefit the firefighters who comprise the department. In keeping with his wishes, department administrators decided to divide the donation into ten scholarships of $2,500 that firefighters can apply for on a yearly basis.


Snow not the only thing flying

photos by Luke Reiter/Review

Neither snow, sleet nor near-freezing temperatures could stop an intrepid disc golf league from weekly play at the disc golf course in Inver Grove Height’s South Valley Park Dec. 4.


SSP resident teaches ‘clean eating’ success

Carisa Rasmussen (submitted photo)

Since losing 80 pounds, South St. Paul resident Carisa Rasmussen has been spreading the word about “clean eating,” an eating philosophy that strives for eating food in its most natural, unprocessed state.
Her lifestyle is certainly healthy now, but this wasn’t always the case. Several years ago, she weighed 210 pounds.


Alyssa Trejo of West Saint Paul promoted to Cadet Colonel

Alyssa Trejo of West Saint Paul, class of 2014, has been promoted to the highest triple diamond rank of Cadet Colonel of the Cretin-Derham Hall JROTC at their diamond promotion ceremony on Oct. 25.


Juan de Dios Rangel of West St. Paul receives Award

Juan de Dios Rangel, West St. Paul, academic advisor in Metropolitan State University’s psychology department, College of Health, Community and Professional Studies, received the Carol C.


2013 Night to Unite - photos

Feeling safer already South St. Paul Officer Mike Running and his K-9 partner Sammy stopped to visit with fans at a Night to Unite block party on 17th Avenue in South St. Paul. For more Night to Unite photos, check out page 2.

Photos by Linda E. Andersen/Review


WSP officials celebrate with 101-year-old resident

West St. Paul resident Frances Nelson celebrated her 101th year with West St. Paul Council Member Ed Iago, Police Chief Bud Shaver, Mayor John Zanmiller, Fire Chief Mike Potts and resident Jim McKie. (Heather Edwards/Review)

If you make it to 100 years old, you’ve probably earned a day for yourself.
In West St. Paul, residents who reach their 100th birthday are honored during city council meetings, during which Mayor John Zanmiller offers a proclamation naming a day after the resident.
Can’t make the meeting? No needed to panic: as resident Frances Nelson learned recently, there are some benefits that come with age.


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